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COURSE OUTLINE
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
School of Engineering
2076ENG
Circuit Analysis
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Identifying Information
Course catalogue no:
2076ENG
Course title:
Circuit Analysis
Year and semester of offer:
2005, Semester 1
Credit point value
10CP
Program/s for which course is
designed
Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering
Convenor: Mr C. Hacker
Bachelor of Engineering Technology
Convenor: Dr S. Fragomeni
Status of Course within
program/s or academic plan/s
2
nd
year course
Core in:
BEng(Elec)
BEng(Mech transfer)
Elective in:
BEngTech
Prerequisites:
1016ENG Physics and Instrumentation
Course convenor
Mr C. Hacker
Room G09 1.72
Teaching team members:
Mr C Hacker
Room G09 1.72
Moderator:
Dr K Le
Room G09 1.66
Date course outline was last
modified
18 November 2004
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Objectives
Much of electronic engineering practice involves the design, analysis and measurement
of electrical circuits and their characteristics. This course introduces students
to, and
reinforces knowledge of, a broad range of common electrical networks encountered in
engineering practice. In addition, the foundations are laid for future studies in analog
electronics and telecommunications. The course has an emphasis on labora
tory and
problem solving skills as well as the underlying principles.
During the course, opportunities will be given to develop a range of generic skills
including written communication skills, problem solving skills and analysis and critical
evaluation sk
ills.
Students will also have the opportunity to practice and enhance their ability to work
effectively as a member of a team and to assume responsibility and make decisions.
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In terms of technical content, the student, upon successful completion of the co
urse,
should be able to:
1.
Understand the behaviour of electrostatic and magnetic circuits;
2.
Analyse the DC and AC behaviour of passive circuits using mesh and nodal
analysis;
3.
Write a complex description of passive circuits;
4.
Analyse the DC and AC behaviour of
passive circuits using
WinPSpice
;
5.
Use electrical instruments for the measurement of electrical quantities including:
voltage, current, phase, frequency, resistance, capacitance, and inductance;
6.
Apply the principles of engineering design to electrical circ
uits;
7.
Either be able to derive the wave equations from Maxwell’s equations, or model
a simple mechanical or electrical system.
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Links with other Courses in the Program
Given that much of electronic engineering practice involves the design, analysis and
measurement of electrical circuits and their characteristics, there is a need for a
thorough understanding of such circuits. The circuit theory from this course provides a
basis for second semester studies in “Signals and Systems” and in “Analog Electron
ics”.
Future studies in telecommunications will depend on the introduction to
electromagnetic wave theory from this course. Measurement skills reinforced in the
course will be used in most later courses in the program.
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Brief Description
This course
deals with the basic principles of linear and non

linear network theory and
provides an introduction to circuit and system design and to communications. The use
of analysis tools, such as
WinPspice
, is also introduced. Assessment is by Laboratory
Work,
Laboratory Reports, Computer Based tests, and Examinations.
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Content
As much of electronic engineering practice involves the design, analysis and
measurement of electrical circuits and their characteristics, a sound development of
these principles is
very important for an electronic engineer. Analysis is usually
performed with the aid of computer packages. The industry standard
WinPSpice
is
introduced through tutorial and assignment work.
The course starts with a revision of electrostatics and magn
etostatics. This leads to the
development of Maxwell’s equations and an introduction to electromagnetic wave
theory. A thorough revision of DC circuits, as introduced in “Physics and
Instrumentation”, leads to basic circuit theorems. These are then exte
nded to AC
circuits, first through vector and phasor methods and then from complex analysis.
A complementary laboratory program develops measurement, analysis and design
skills. Commencing with a simple DC circuits, complexity is gradually introduced
c
ulminating in the measurement of AC filter characteristics.
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Module A
WinPSpice
Using WinPSpice.
Module B
Introduction to Circuits
Unit 1
Electrostatics
Coulomb’s law, electric field and electric potential, Gauss’ theorem, electric dipoles,
dielectrics, a
nd Poisson’s equation.
Unit 2
Magnetism
Definitions of
B
and
H
, Ampere’s law, and Faraday’s law.
Unit 3
Introduction to circuits
Linear and non

linear systems, mesh and nodal analysis, network transformations and
equivalents, non

reciprocal networks, matri
x solutions, graphical and numerical
solutions to non

linear networks, general network theorems (Kirchoff's laws, Thevenin,
Norton, etc), transformations (resistors in series and parallel, capacitors in series and
parallel).
Unit 4
Transient response
Trans
ients, Charge and Discharge of RC circuits, LR circuits, and Time Constants.
Module C
AC circuits
Unit 5
AC Circuit Elements
Sinusoidal AC voltages, phase relations, measurements, resistors, capacitors and
inductors, reactance, impedance, rectangular & po
lar forms, and phasors.
Unit 6
AC Circuits
RC series circuits, RL series circuits, AC series circuits, and parallel AC circuits.
Unit 7
AC Networks
Series and parallel circuits, admittance, susceptance, Thevenin and Norton’s Theorems,
bridge networks, star

delta transformations, and the maximum power transfer theorem.
Unit 8
AC Power
Apparent power, reactive power, power factor, power factor correction, series RLC
circuit, resonance, Q factor, selectivity curve, and parallel RLC circuits.
Module D
Measurem
ents
Unit 9
Measurements
Ammeters and Voltmeters, Ohmmeters, Wattmeters, AC meters and instruments,
oscilloscopes, and signal generators.
Unit 10
Bode plots
Decibels, low pass filter, high pass filter, band pass filter, band stop filter, and Bode
Plots.
M
odule E
Intro to Communications
Unit 11
Maxwell’s equations
Revision of electrostatics and magnetism, Poisson’s equation, Laplace’s equation,
electrical images, Maxwell’s equations in differential and integral form
Unit 12
Electromagnetic waves
The travell
ing electromagnetic wave, wave velocity, intrinsic impedance, energy
transport, the Poynting vector, conducting media, skin effect, reflection and refraction
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ACTIVITY CHART
Circuit Analysis
WinPSpice
Week
Module
Content
Tutorial
Tests
Lab
Reports
Mod
ule
Test
Module
Content
Assessment
1
B
Electrostatics
A
Introduction
2
Magnetism
to WinPSpice
3
Intro. to circuits
4
Transient response
Break
5
C
AC elements
A
cont.
WinPSpice
for
Engineering
Application
s
6
AC circuits
7
AC networks
8
AC power
9
D
Measurements
10
Bode plots
11
E
Maxwell’s equations
12
EM waves
Seminar
13
Report
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Generic Skills Development
This course aims to d
evelop the generic skills indicated below using material relevant to
the study of circuit analysis.
Attribute
Taught
Practiced
Assessed
Developed through:
Oral communication
Assignment presentation
Written communication
Laboratory reports, an
d design
assignment
Problem
identification,
formulation and solution
Tutorial exercises, assignment and
exams
Analysis and critical evaluation
Tutorial exercises, assignment and
exams
Ability to undertake independent
lifelong learning
Ab
ility to initiate and lead
enterprises
Ability to work effectively as a
member of a team
Assignment tasks
Ability to assume responsibility
and make decisions
Assignment tasks
High ethical standards.
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7.
Flexible Learning
This course is
web supplemented. Copies of handouts are available from the course
website at
Learning@Griffith
. In addition feedback, by way of model answers for
tutorial questions and the marks awarded for assessment items, is published on the web
site.
Some flexibil
ity in assessment is provided.
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Rationale for Content
As much of electronic engineering practice involves the design, analysis and
measurement of electrical circuits and their characteristics, a sound development of
these principles is very important for
an electronic engineer. Analysis is usually
performed with the aid of computer packages. The industry standard
WinPSpice
is
introduced through tutorial and assignment work.
A complementary laboratory program develops measurement analysis and design skil
ls.
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Organisation and Teaching Methods
The contact hours in this course are:
ACTIVITY
HOURS
Lectures
36
Tutorials
12
Laboratory Classes
24
The lectures will provide theoretical and practical understandings of the conten
t areas.
The tutorials will introduce students to the use of
WinPSpice
. As students will be
required to work in teams on their programming assignment, team skills will be
developed.
The laboratory sessions will assist students to develop competency i
n electrical
measurement skills and to interpret results of these laboratory exercises.
As satisfactory performance in the laboratory based design assignment is required,
attendance at laboratory sessions is compulsory. Students who do not attend will no
t be
able to submit laboratory reports, or the
WinPSpice
assignment for assessment.
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Rationale for Teaching Methods
The lectures will provide theoretical and practical understandings of the content areas.
Where possible the development of course ma
terial will be problem based.
Problem solving exercises elaborating the lecture material will be introduced during the
lecture time.
The laboratory sessions, with a group size of approximately 15, will provide students
with the opportunity to clarify t
heir own ideas on the content material, to develop
teamwork and necessary problem solving skills, and to develop written communication
skills. In addition the sessions will assist students to develop competency in circuit
measurement and analysis skills a
nd to interpret results of these laboratory exercises.
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Assessment
NO.
DESCRIPTION
WEIGHTING %
Module A
WinPSpice
Assignment
1
Group Seminar
( wk 12)
(2)
20 min.
5
2
Group Written Report
( wk 13)
(3)
15
Modules B, C, D a
nd E
(4)
3
Laboratory Reports
(5)
(10 weekly)
10
4
Computer Based Questions
(6)
(12 weekly)
10
5
Module Test B (units 1

4 wk 5 )
50 min.
20
6
Module Test C (units 5

8 wk 9 )
50 min.
20
7
Module Test D (units
9

10 wk 11)
50 min.
10
8
Module Test E (units 11

12 wk 13)
50 min.
10
Notes
(1)
To be eligible for a passing grade in this course, students are required to:
Submit ALL assessment items, Attend all laboratories, Submit passing
laboratory report
s, Pass the Module A
WinPSpice
Assignment, Pass each of the
Module Tests B, C, D and E, Submit passing Computer Based Questions, and
obtain a minimum overall mark of 50%.
Any laboratory report, or assignment, that receives a failing grade must be
improved
upon, and then resubmitted. The maximum grade for a resubmitted
assessment item is a Pass (nominally 50%), and an assessment item must be
resubmitted until a pass grade is obtained.
Note for any re

submitted work, ALL questions / sections must be attempte
d,
and there must be a reasonable level of work done for the attempt. That is, a re

submission that is only ‘partly done’ will NOT be accepted.
(2)
WinPSpice
Assignment presentation
Students will be allocated to small groups of approximately 4 students e
ach for
their
WinPSpice
assignment. Each student will be allocated to a specific subtask
within the overall group task, the subtasks being organised so that they are
essentially independent of each other but they share a common theme.
Each student team wi
ll be required to give a 15 minute oral presentation on their
work so far (preferably with a demonstration of working programs). The first
speaker will introduce the overall task as well as reporting on their individual
task. The final speaker will repor
ting on their individual task, and then
summarise the overall task.
The team will be assessed on the technical aspects, fluency, and presentation
ability. The individual student will receive the result assigned to the group.
Presentation assessment will
be by staff and students involved in the course.
(3)
Group
WinPSpice
Assignment report
The report will firstly, contain an introductory section that will be common to
the team. Next each team member will prepare and an individual report section
on their
given topic, that describes their overall task and includes ALL
WinPSpice
diagrams, inputs and outputs. Finally an overall discussion and
conclusion will be given.
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(4)
Module Tests B, C, D and E Marks
There are closed book tests for Modules B, C, D and
E. The questions will be a
combination of problem solving and short answer. The test will normally be
scheduled for the first lecture of the week following the completion of the Units
covered by the Test. Confirmation will be given during the last lectu
re of a Unit
as to when the test will be held.
Students who do not achieve a passing mark in a Module Test will be offered the
opportunity to resit the assessment for the Module. Resits of Module Tests will
most likely be scheduled on Friday evenings.
The course notice board on
Learning@Griffith
should be consulted regularly for information on “Resits”.
The maximum mark achievable for a resit is 50%, awarded if the student
achieves a 50% or better standard on a resit test.
(5)
Laboratory reports
There
are weekly laboratory activities for the first 10 weeks. Every second week
a report is due on the activities carried out during the previous two weeks. The
report is due for submission at the beginning of the laboratory class of the
following week.
(6)
Computer Based Questions
Self assessment questions from the lecturer’s computer package,
‘CircuitTester’
are required for submission each week. The criteria for submission is provided
in the Laboratory Manual.
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Rationale for Assessment
The problem qu
estion assessment is designed to encourage students to develop a solid
understanding of the concepts being covered in the lecture sessions. Students are
required to hand

in each week a set problem exercise.
The assignments are set to develop
WinPSpice
ski
lls as well as team working skills.
Students will be allocated to groups of 4

5 for their assignment task. The set topics will
be chosen to bring together various topics covered in the tutorial sessions as well as
material introduced in the lectures and
laboratory classes.
A 15 minute group seminar presentation is part of the assessment of the
WinPSpice
assignments.
The laboratory reports are to encourage the students to practice the skills of technical
report writing and to bring together various topics
covered in the lecture, tutorial and
laboratory sessions.
The Module Tests will test the students' understanding and knowledge of the range of
topics covered in the course.
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Texts and Supporting Materials
Specified Text
Boylestad, R.L. 1997,
Intro
ductory Circuit Analysis
, 8th ed., Prentice Hall.
Halliday, D., Resnick, R. & Walker, J. 1999,
Fundamentals of Physics
, 5th ed., John
Wiley,
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Support Materials Required
Hacker, C. (2005),
CircuitTester
, [Computer Program], Griffith University.
2
MicroS
im Corp. (1996),
WinPSpice V8
(Student Edn)., [Computer Program].
2
Exercise book and Graph paper for laboratory recordings.
Recommended Readings/References
Oakley, B. (1992),
Circuit Tutor
, [Computer Program], Addison Wesley.
2
Edwards, D. (2004), SEL
E
Simulated Engineering Laboratory Exercises
, [Computer
Program], Griffith University.
2
Budak, A. (1987),
Circuit Theory Fundamentals and Applications,
2nd ed., Prentice
Hall.
Carlson, A.B. (1996),
Circuits

Engineering Concepts and Analysis of Linear
Electric
Circuits,
John Wiley.
Dorf, R.C. & Svoboda, J.A. (1996),
Introduction to Electric Circuits
, 3rd ed., John
Wiley.
Goody, R. (1998),
MicroSim PSpice for Windows: a circuit simulation primer
, Prentice
Hall.
Herniter, M. (1998),
Schematic capture wi
th MicroSim PSpice
, Prentice Hall.
Gottling, J.G. (1995),
Introduction to PSpice
, John Wiley.
2
Freeware or Student Software, available from internet sources and pre

installed on
computers in the student laboratories.
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Course Evaluation
A formal sur
vey of the students will be undertaken towards the end of the semester.
The results of the survey will be discussed by the teaching team and any necessary
modifications to the course planned for the next offering.
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Administration
Unless otherwise st
ated, the normal course administration policy of the School of
Engineering applies. This policy is on display on the School of Engineering Notice
Board and is posted on the
Learning@Griffith
website under the “School of
Engineering Students Group/Program
Resources”.
The attention of students is drawn to the University’s Policy on Academic Misconduct.
http://www62.gu.edu.au/policylibrary.nsf/mainsearch/352f26aa1a1011e64a256bbb00
62fd5f?opendocument
. It is recommended that students read this policy.
For t
utorial exercises, whereas students may work together in problem solving, the
calculations and writing up should be the sole work of the student submitting.
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For laboratory reports, whereas the measurements recorded will be common to the
team, the written r
eport including any calculations, graphs, discussion and conclusion
should be the sole work of the student submitting.
For the WinPspice assignment, whereas the introduction will be common to the team,
the written report including the detailed analysis and
design, any calculations, graphs,
discussion and conclusion should be the sole work of the student submitting. Students
will be offered a choice of assignment topic. These choices will be displayed on the
course website. By the end of week 3, students
are required to nominate their preferred
individual topic. As topics are grouped together into team tasks, the choice of topic will
determine the team composition.
The course website on
Learning@Griffith
will be used to provide feedback on marks as
well
as solutions to tutorial questions.
The booklet,
Course Information for 2076ENG
–
Circuit Analysis,
handed out in
lectures during week 1, contains copies of set tutorial questions, laboratory notes, and
sample exam questions. The content of the booklet i
s also posted on the course website.
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Course Communications
The Course Convenor is available for consultation at times that are displayed on the
Convenor’s office notice board (outside G09_1.72).
Queries may also be emailed to the Course Convenor at:
C.Hacker@griffith.edu.au
.
http://www.gu.edu.au/ua/aa/pccat/courseoutlines.html
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